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Skin Coloring Tutorial by BloodlineV Skin Coloring Tutorial by BloodlineV
This is how I color skin in my anime styled drawings. :iconadachimurdersplz:
I dunno if this'll help anyone but imma upload it anyway.

I don't feel that verbal today so there's probably tons of typos and such.
I know that many had hoped a drawing tutorial not a coloring tutorial, but asdfgh these things take so much time to make, anatomy tutorials even more, so I can't really promise when I'll get one done.

Coloring Tutorial Part 2:

Paint Tool SAI basics tutorial:

tutorial,art, my OC EvİMe
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YaTo-5 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Koyeski Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
This actually helped me :V Ty sm
NarutoAndDeidaraRox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student General Artist
God, this helped me so much haha Thanks!!
darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need advice, so im drawin kurumi tokisaki and she is a very pale character. I tried sampling skin tones off of other pictures of her to be accurate but when i use them they dont look right she looks like she has a really abnormal skin color how can i get better skin tones?
KittySpirit99 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I desperately need your help, I've accidentally changed the settings for my blur tool and I can't get correct them back to the way I had them previously, would be so kind as to possibly tell me your settings for your blur tool? I'm asking you specifically because your shade style is closest to my own. Your help would be extremely appreciated. :)
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay here are my settings: (the names for these might vary depending on the version of SAI you're using)
Density: 100
Blending: 100
Dilution: 100
Persistence: 80
Smoothing Prs: 100

I change these occasionally myself so I don't if you find them helpful or not.
xXxButterflysxXx Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooooo helpful *A*
TimidOtakuGirl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! This really helps! :3
Zarras Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this awsome and well explained tutorial! I tried it today and I really could notice improvement right away!!
Asifdaking Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow! this is the most helpful tutorial Ive ever seen. So simple to understand, yet so beautiful!. You're so awesome!
How would you do skin tone for poc?
GoToSleepInc Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial has helped a noob like me soooo much 9-9) thank you *showers with gifts*
HasuReborn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sai is not letting me color the skin layer when I put the skin layer underneath the lineart layer. :/ how did you get it to work that way ? I'm afraid if i do what I usually do and put the skin layer above the lineart layer this method won't work because I'd have to put the skin layer on the "multiply" setting to be able to see the lineart underneath the color

BloodlineV Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello, and so sorry for the late reply!
The skin layer and the lineart layer should not be connected in any way and so the order you put them in should not stop you from drawing on them.
So make sure that the layers are not clipped to any other layers and that the opacity lock isn't on.
HasuReborn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sai is not letting color when I put the skin layer under the lineart layer. :/ how did you get it to work that way ?
Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Um…. HOW DO YOU DECIDED WHICH COLOURS TO USE!? and what's ambient light? and how do you decided where to put highlights?
Slusshie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful X3
BiGeurae Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thank u :) !
Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
your tutorials are helpful! thanks!
QueenieBui Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
step one : have an awesomely drawn picture. Dammit queenie try again
FutureWombat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That outfit looks like the outfit Kairi wears in Kingdom Hearts :3 
moe-chii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, I was just wondering...Where is the light source in the example? The upper right corner?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The main light source is in front of her, and there's also many ambient light sources around her.
stateofgrace01 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for posting... um... how do you erase the other bits? you know when you color everything and there's excess outside the lineart O.O how do you take that out 
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No prob. ^^
Just use the eraser tool and manually erase the extra bits.
stateofgrace01 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you ^_^ 
Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks for posting~
ieZZdiZZlei Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE IT! Thanks!!
sutalight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Thank you <3
edge-ravens Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for being generous. These tutorials are really helpful, I learned a lot! Can't wait to get home to try them out! :D
AnimeART-by-Ari-a Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YESSS!!! just what i needed!!
CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love it. <3
Rakukomori Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student General Artist
o u o Oooooh, looks so nice~ But just wondering, um how did you clean up the colouring when you went outside the lines? o . o;; Did you just erase them?
Jellygraphic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness this is just amazing. It's so simple yet it makes the piece look amazing. Thank you for this tutorial!
AuriKurosaki Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks this is very useful<3 Ima go try it for my self ^w^
DrawingsBySara Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Really useful and detailed!
kayumitchi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Question, when you finish coloring/shading and you have color on the outside of the line art, do you simply erase it or is there a quicker, more efficient way to cut out excess color? Like how do you lock the line art so when you color, nothing goes outside of it?
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Please read the "For Starters" again.

I paint the base color layers by hand, this way you'll have to make sure yourself that the color doesn't go over the lineart.
You can then use these base color layers to avoid the shading and lighting going over the lines by using the 'Clipping Group' tab on top of the layer panel and clipping the shading layers to the base color layer below.
kayumitchi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
oh okay, thank you! ^-^
iAndresC Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thanks this is amazing :la:
LiLKANDiiKiTTY Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful :D I'll defenatily use it in the future!
teejaii Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful. Thanks so much! ^^
projectAR Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
thanks for's gonna be a big help for others..ehhee..i like your drawing style..
Mikan1011 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what I don't understand is, how do you know what layer should be on top or bottom of another layer :/ I don't understand layers or folders at all. I'd appreciate it if someone could please inform me to help me out :/ :reading: thank you. I really love your art by the way :O so amazing. how long did it take you to be such a good artist? :faint: :)
BloodlineV Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hi, think of layers as transparent sheets placed on top of each other.
If there's nothing drawn on the sheets you'll see through them all but if you paint a flower on the bottom layer and then color any layer above it black, you won't be able to see the flower anymore. I hope I made any sense. : D
Here's my Paint Tool SAI tutorial for beginners: [link]

Thank you. (: I've been drawing my whole life but I started drawing anime styled drawings about 5 years ago.
Mikan1011 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh I get it! Thank you soooo much for the help and for taking the time to reply back! :3 I've haven't been drawing for that long but once in a while I draw really good! but when I want to put it on here! It's so hard to scan it right. then it's hard to draw on the computer D: so really none of my good works are on deviantART. so hopefully I get the hang of layers and stuff ^-^" thank you again.
Yum-i Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this! I really have trouble with shading, especially skin, so I this was really helpful. Thank you again!
Drgig Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
YOU ARE MY FUNKY HERO BloodlineV i been looking for one that explains it a way i can understand and your the one <3 i will post what i learn from you :) tut
RageChanTheYaoiFan Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
thank you :D
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